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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - WI: Civic Engagement

Just as in 2016, Wisconsin is viewed as key battleground state in the upcoming election. The state's primary is April 7. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

MADISON, Wis. - The legal wrangling continues over whether 200,000 Wisconsin voters should be removed from registration rolls - as one political expert says it's reasonable to lump it in with other claims of voter suppression. This week, an appeals court halted an earlier ruling to purge the regi

Brad Pfaff, the Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate, has a new job as director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. (JillWellington/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin farmers are struggling to stay afloat as political battles take center stage. Republican Senate leaders said they were upset with state agriculture secretary-designee Brad Pfaff for criticizing the GOP for not moving fast enough to release money for farmer suicide pre

As Gov. Tony Evers calls a special session on gun control, both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Republicans would not take up bills that would infringe on constitutional rights to own guns. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers is pushing for two gun-control bills stuck in limbo, as Republican lawmakers refuse to debate or bring them up for a vote. The governor called the Legislature into a special session set for early November to discuss the bills, which would enforce background

Creating more livable communities means ensuring public spaces are accessible and inclusive for people of all ages. (Maria Sbytova/Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. — Several projects that will help create more welcoming communities for Wisconsinites of all ages are swinging into action. Bayfield, Beaver Dam, Berlin, Ellsworth, Greendale and Sheboygan are among the 159 communities selected for this year's AARP Community Challenge grants. T

Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under proposed legislation. (Charlene Mcbride/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee is considering a bill that would reverse a current state law that bans voters from taking "selfies" with their completed ballots. Supporters of Senate Bill 48 see the ban as outdated, citing an increasing number of voters across the co

More than 80,000 Wisconsinites would gain access to health care coverage if the state would accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. – For some Wisconsin policy advocates, a vote to remove Medicaid expansion from the proposed two-year state budget is simply the first mile of a marathon. Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to accept $1.6 billion in federal fundi

A county judge ruled on Thursday that all of the laws and appointments passed by legislators were unlawful because they met in what's known as an

MADISON, Wis. – A judge has given Democratic Gov. Tony Evers back his powers after striking down lame-duck laws passed by Republicans in what many viewed as an effort to restrict his control. Soon after Evers won the governorship, GOP lawmakers passed the lame-duck laws during a December ext

Health care and affordable prescription drugs are among the top issues for older Wisconsin voters. <br />(Daniel Morrison/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – As Wisconsin's new governor steps into office and the State Legislature begins a new term, policy groups say it's important for lawmakers to remember the voters who elected them. At 61 percent, Wisconsin had the second highest voter turnout in the nation for the November 2018

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